What Really Happened to Osama bin Laden?

From an article excerpting a new book by Seymour M. Hersh: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

“It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said.

“The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, director general of the ISI – were never informed of the US mission.”

“High-level lying nevertheless remains the modus operandi of US policy, along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no.”

The above quoted article (a book excerpt at London Review of Books) is worth a read. It explains how the vast majority of the news reports and official White House accounts of the bin Laden raid are an elaborate lie. The truth, according to Seymour M. Hersh:

* the CIA did not find bin Laden by tracking his courier
* a local physician did not provide DNA evidence from a vaccination program
* the Pakistanis did in fact know bid Laden’s whereabouts and they authorized and assisted the U.S. raid
* the Seals tore apart bin Laden with automatic rifle fire, not one or two shots
* bin Laden was going to be killed no matter what; there was no option to take him alive
* the Seals may have deliberately knee-capped one of bin Laden’s wives
* bin Laden was never buried at sea; some of his body parts were tossed out of the helicopter
* no significant intelligence resulted from the raid
* bin Laden was not in operational control of al-Qaeda and had not been for years

The article reveals that President Obama and U.S. government officials told the U.S. public many lies about this raid. The author of the book, Hersh, has had a long career of reputable and distinguished investigative reporting.

There is a lesson here for us all. In the near (and distant) future, we should regard official government accounts and widespread news accounts with reserve and caution.

Why did Jesus say “wars and rumors of wars” or in my translation “battles and rumors of battles”? Wouldn’t we know the truth about something as significant as a war or a battle from modern media? Not at all. As the tribulation unfolds, be careful whom you trust and what you believe about current events, including wars, battles, and various tragedies.

UPDATE: Other news sources are now backing up Hersh’s account. But think back to when Zero Dark Thirty (movie about UBL mission) came out. Congress initiated an investigation because it seemed as if the movie makers were given unprecedented access to classified information. Then suddenly, they dropped their investigation. Apparently, all that “classified information” was an elaborate set of lies.

— Ronald L. Conte Jr.

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1 Response to What Really Happened to Osama bin Laden?

  1. Evan Brown says:

    Even Seymour Hersh may be mistaken. It has been reported that Osama bin Laden (Tim Osman) died in 2001 or early 2002. Given the state of his health and the primitive conditions he was living in, it is unlikely that he could have survived for long.

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